This Saturday, September 6, is the Freedom Run in Peoria. It suits runners of all skill levels and should be a wonderful way to get in some good exercise for a worthy cause. If you are experiencing heel pain after running, you may want to figure out the cause first, so you don’t further injure yourself. Allow your body some time to rest, and wait to go out for the next local marathon.
One of the most common causes contributing to heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This foot condition is due to inflammation in the plantar fascia, or the tissue band that runs along our feet connecting the toes to the heel. When too much pressure is put on this ligament, it will swell and cause pain. It’s a common injury among runners because of the added strain they put on their feet. If you have plantar fasciitis you can expect to feel more pain in the morning or after resting your feet for a long period of time. After a few minutes your feet become stretched out and the pain may subside. There may also be some swelling in your feet.
Too many runners try to push through their pain. This is not a good course of action for healing, and in fact can lead to more injury that can sideline you for longer. It may be difficult, but the first thing you need to do is to stop running—not just for a day or two, but until your foot is completely healed. You can apply ice to your aching heel to relieve some of the inflammation. Another important aspect of healing is stretching your feet, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles. Stretching helps to strengthen muscles and decreases the chances of a repeat bout of plantar fasciitis. Lastly, let us fit you with custom orthotics for support and cushioning. This will help ease pain and will give support where you need it most.
If you have more questions about treating your heel pain, contact Dr. Peyman Elison and Dr. Viedra Elison at Fixing Feet Institute in Surprise, AZ. Call (623) 584-5556 to schedule an appointment, or request one on our website.
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